Manx Care tackles mental health waiting lists

Manx Care has confirmed details of how it will begin to reduce waiting lists for psychological therapies for children, young people and adults.

Manx Care will partner with local and highly respected mental health charity MCH Psychological Services, the charity behind Minds Matter and Isle Listen, to offer a range of accredited psychological therapies initially focusing on children and young people .

Minds Matter – formerly known as The Lisa Lowe Center and Manx Cancer Help – will provide both individual and group therapy support, depending on the needs of children and young adults who are referred to them.

Those eligible and consenting to receive psychological support from Minds Matter will soon be contacted by Manx Care.

Dave Rickerby, Head of CAMHS, said: ‘We are very aware of the pressures on both children and young people who are waiting to access psychological support and we therefore see this decision as a positive step in providing them with the appropriate therapeutic support as soon as possible. ‘

Mick Fleming, Manx Care’s matron for integrated mental health services, added: “This partnership will help us deliver the right help to young adults who will be supported by these psychological therapies.”

Teresa Cope, Managing Director of Manx Care, said: “Establishing a working partnership with Minds Matter is not only an important part of our plan to reduce waiting lists in a number of specialties clinics, but an important part of our broader restoration and recovery program. .

“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted a huge increase in mental health issues for children and young adults, so working with such a well-known local supplier with solid experience working in this area will mean that people will receive the support they need. .

“I hope Manx residents will feel reassured that we are taking the right steps to reduce our waiting lists and provide them with the specialist assessment they have long been waiting for.”

Ross Bailey, Manx Care’s Managing Director for Integrated Mental Health Services, said: “Ensuring people receive timely access to high-quality, evidence-based psychological therapies is at the very heart of our change agenda.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with our colleagues at Minds Matter to help us achieve this ambition.”

Andrea Chambers, Managing Director of Minds Matter and Isle Listen, added: “We are delighted to be working closely with Manx Care on this program to reduce wait times.

“Our charity has long been aware of the difficulties faced by people trying to access mental health support, whether for themselves or their children.

“We understand that some people may feel nervous when seeking psychological support and we have worked extremely hard to ensure that any visit to our therapy suites will be a positive experience that they will be happy to engage with.”

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